Our Team

Principal Investigators

Professor Simon Ringer Principal Investigator, The University of Sydney View Profile →
Professor Simon Ringer Principal Investigator, The University of Sydney

Professor Simon Ringer is the principal investigator of this project, and the University of Sydney’s Academic Director of Core Research Facilities. He leads the University’s strategic planning and operations of its high-end research infrastructure initiatives. He is also an academic member of the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, the Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis, and University of Sydney Nano Institute.

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Professor Xiaozhou Liao Co-investigator, School of Aerospace Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney View Profile →
Professor Xiaozhou Liao Co-investigator, School of Aerospace Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney

Professor Xiaozhou Liao is a professor in the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, at the University of Sydney, and a co-investigator of this project. His research involves using advanced electron microscopy techniques to examine materials at atomic resolution, laying the groundwork for the design of superior materials for applications including in the semiconductor, automobile and aviation industries.

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Associate Professor Sophie Primig Co-investigator, ARC DECRA Fellow/Scientia Fellow, School of Materials Science and Engineering, The University of New South Wales View Profile →
Associate Professor Sophie Primig Co-investigator, ARC DECRA Fellow/Scientia Fellow, School of Materials Science and Engineering, The University of New South Wales

Associate Professor Sophie Primig is a co-investigator of this project and a UNSW Scientia Fellow. Her research contributions are in processing-structure-property relationships of structural metallic materials for aerospace and other high performance applications.

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Team USyd

Dr. Katja Eder Project Manager, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney View Profile →
Dr. Katja Eder Project Manager, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney

Katja has a mineralogy background and has been working in atom probe and electron microscopy since 2012 on a wide variety of materials systems. She received her PhD from the University of Sydney in 2018 and joined the team in 2019 in the role as project manager.

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Dr. Andrew Breen Research Fellow, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney View Profile →
Dr. Andrew Breen Research Fellow, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney

Andrew received his PhD from the University of Sydney in 2014 and has since worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Sydney and the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung (MPIE) in Düsseldorf, Germany. Andrew currently works with Professor Simon Ringer on an AUSMURI project exploring the physical metallurgy of 3D printed metals. Andrew is using APT and other microscopy techniques such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM), electron back-scattered diffraction (EBSD) and plasma focused ion beam (PFIB) to characterise metals produced via additive manufacturing.

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Dr. Zibin Chen Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney View Profile →
Dr. Zibin Chen Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney

After completing the B.Eng. degree in Biomedical at South China University of Technology, China, Dr. Zibin Chen obtained his MPhil and PhD in the University of Sydney, Australia. After his PhD, he worked in Scitek Australia Pty Ltd as an application scientist until he joined the University of Sydney as a postdoctoral research associate in August 2019. His expertise focuses on applying in-situ electron microscopy techniques to study the structure-properties relationship of various materials including metal, non-crystalline materials, semiconductors, and multiferroic materials. He will be majorly working on design and control of microstructure dynamic of additive manufacturing materials with in-situ electron microscopy.

Dr. Hansheng Chen Research Engineer, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney View Profile →
Dr. Hansheng Chen Research Engineer, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney

Hansheng received his PhD from the University of Sydney in 2019. As part of his role he is working on 3D-EBSD, EDS and SEM of Ni-based super alloys and Ti-6Al-4V.

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Dr. Keita Nomoto Postdoctoral Research Assistant, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney View Profile →
Dr. Keita Nomoto Postdoctoral Research Assistant, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney

Keita received his PhD degree from the University of NSW in 2018. His research focusses on high resolution TEM analysis of AM alloys.

Dr. Evangelia Lampiri Research Assistant, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney View Profile →
Dr. Evangelia Lampiri Research Assistant, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney

Evangelia received her PhD in Engineering from the University of Technology, Sydney in 2019. She joined the 3D Additive team as Research Assistant under Prof. Simon Ringer helping with the analysis of atom probe microscopy data.

James Dingle Research Engineering Assistant, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney View Profile →
James Dingle Research Engineering Assistant, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney

James received his Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) (Honours) in 2019 from Western Sydney University where he developed a keen interest in thermal and fluid engineering and computational fluid dynamics. He also has experience working within the bulk fuel industry to aid in fuel system design and tank testing. James is now working as a Research Engineering Assistant to assist with the development of a tool for modelling thermal and stress profiles within additive manufacturing processes.

Dr. Qianwei Huang Research Assistant, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney View Profile →
Dr. Qianwei Huang Research Assistant, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney

Qianwei received her PhD degree from the University of Sydney in 2020. She has extensive experience in in-situ TEM and has joined the team to help with in-situ TEM investigations of additively manufactured Ti alloys.

Hao Wang PhD Student, The University of Sydney View Profile →
Hao Wang PhD Student, The University of Sydney

Hao’s research focuses on using advanced microscopy techniques to study the effect of cyclic thermal loadings on the microstructural evolution in additive manufacturing processes.

William Davids PhD Student, The University of Sydney View Profile →
William Davids PhD Student, The University of Sydney

Will uses atom probe tomography (APT), as a means of investigating the complex microstructure of additively manufactured Ti-6Al-4V. His work also aims to progress atom probe reconstruction, enhancing the spatial accuracy of APT data.

Bryan Lim PhD Student, The University of Sydney View Profile →
Bryan Lim PhD Student, The University of Sydney

Bryan’s work is focused on rationalising the thermo-mechanical instabilities in electron-beam additively manufactured Ni-based superalloys by comparing the thermal history of the additive manufacturing process, with an the complex microstructures that arises. This will be carried out by using a variety of microscopy techniques; namely, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM ) & atom probe tomography (APT).

Zijian (James) Yu PhD Student, The University of Sydney View Profile →
Zijian (James) Yu PhD Student, The University of Sydney

After completing his master’s degree at the University of Sydney, he is continuing as a PhD student under the supervision of Prof. Simon Ringer. The aim of his project is to investigate the microstructure and mechanical properties of an additively manufactured NiTi alloy via electron microscopy and other techniques. Hydrogen embrittlement phenomenon in this material will also be investigated with the help of cyro-atom probe tomography (APT).

Samia Razzaq PhD Student, The University of Sydney View Profile →
Samia Razzaq PhD Student, The University of Sydney

Samia completed her BS/MS in Materials Engineering from NED University of Engineering and Technology in Karachi, Pakistan. She is now conducting a PhD with 3D Additive under the supervision of Prof. Xiaozhou Liao, with her research focusing on using advanced microscopy techniques to study the microstructure and properties of 3D-printed equiatomic CoCrNi medium entropy alloy.

Cameron Durrant Undergraduate Honours Student, The University of Sydney View Profile →
Cameron Durrant Undergraduate Honours Student, The University of Sydney

Cameron is currently in his 5th year of a double degree in BE(Hons)/BSc majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Chemistry.  When he first joined the team he was working as a research assistant under Prof. Simon Ringer working on the sample preparation and analysis of the Ti-6Al-4V and Inconel 738 alloys. He is now doing his honours project with us, looking at additively manufacturing Yttria-stabilised zirconia ceramics.

Leon Yang Undergraduate Student, The University of Sydney View Profile →
Leon Yang Undergraduate Student, The University of Sydney
Haoruo (Rosie) Zhou Casual Research Assistant, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney View Profile →
Haoruo (Rosie) Zhou Casual Research Assistant, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney

Rosie has a Master degree in materials science and engineering from The University of Sydney. She joined the team as casual Research Assistant under Prof. Simon Ringer, helping us with the preparation and materials testing of our additively manufactured samples.

James Hansen Undergraduate Student, The University of Sydney View Profile →
James Hansen Undergraduate Student, The University of Sydney

James is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Engineering (Aerospace) and Science (Mathematics) degree at the University of Sydney where he has developed a passion for materials and manufacturing. He has joined the 3D Additive team as a casual research assistant to help with the microstructural characterisation of additively manufactured alumina and Ti-64 via scanning electron microscopy.

Biying Wang Casual Research Assistant, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney View Profile →
Biying Wang Casual Research Assistant, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney

Biying is a MPhil student of Prof. Xiaozhou Liao and has joined the team as casual research assistant.  Her work focuses on sample preparation and characterisation of AM alloys.

Team UNSW

Dr. Nima Haghdadi Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Materials Science & Engineering, The University of New South Wales View Profile →
Dr. Nima Haghdadi Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Materials Science & Engineering, The University of New South Wales

He is a former Victoria Fellow and Alfred Deakin Research Fellow and the recipient of Thermo Fisher Scientific Cowley-Moodie award in 2018 for the most outstanding contribution to physical sciences using electron microscopy in Australia. Nima’s contribution to this project is mostly on the in-situ engineering of the microstructures of steels and superalloys during 3D printing.

Dr. Carina Ledermüller Research Assistant, The University of New South Wales View Profile →
Dr. Carina Ledermüller Research Assistant, The University of New South Wales

Carina has a master’s degree in materials science and engineering from Montanuniversität Leoben (Austria) and a PhD from UNSW. She joined the team as Research Assistant, helping us with the preparation and characterisation of our samples using SEM, EBSD and FIB.

Ryan DeMott PhD Student, The University of New South Wales View Profile →
Ryan DeMott PhD Student, The University of New South Wales

Ryan DeMott is originally from the U.S and completed a BS/MS in materials science at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. His research interests include structure property relationships and grain boundary characterization in advanced metals. His current research includes the microstructural evolution of Ti-6Al-4V during additive manufacturing. He employs a variety of microscopy techniques including SEM, EBSD, 3D ESBD, Plasma FIB, TEM, and atom probe microscopy to characterize microstructures, across length scales and in two and 3 dimensions, in order to develop a thorough understanding of processing-structure-property relationships.

Maxwell Moyle PhD Student, The University of New South Wales View Profile →
Maxwell Moyle PhD Student, The University of New South Wales

Max began his PhD under Associate Professor Sophie Primig at UNSW in August 2019, shortly after completing his undergraduate studies at Imperial College London. His research is focused on using advanced materials characterisation techniques to study the microstructure of 17-4 precipitate hardenable stainless steel when fabricated by Selective Laser Melting (SLM).

Nana Adomako PhD Student, The University of New South Wales View Profile →
Nana Adomako PhD Student, The University of New South Wales

Nana completed his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Materials Engineering from Kwame University of Science and Technology (Ghana) and Hanbat National University (South Korea), respectively. He is now studying for his PhD at UNSW under the supervision of Prof. Sophie Primig. His research focuses on in-situ TEM characterization of additively manufactured Ni-based superalloys.

Michael Haines PhD Student, The University of New South Wales View Profile →
Michael Haines PhD Student, The University of New South Wales

Michael Haines originally completed his BS/MS in Mechanical Engineering at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville. His research interest is primarily in the solidification of metals. His current research focus is looking at the manipulation of thermal and stress gradients within S-EBM and their related impact on microstructure formation and phase selection withing Nickel Superalloys.

Ally Bradley Casual research assistant, The University of New South Wales View Profile →
Ally Bradley Casual research assistant, The University of New South Wales

Ally is currently an undergraduate student studying materials science and engineering/biomedical engineering at UNSW. She started working as a casual research assistant with the 3D Additive team after being awarded a scholarship by a local steel manufacture.

AUSMURI Advisory Board

Dr. Mark Hodge Chair of advisory board View Profile →
Dr. Mark Hodge Chair of advisory board

Dr. Anita Hill Advisory board member View Profile →
Dr. Anita Hill Advisory board member

Dr. Anita Hill is a former Executive Director of the CSIRO (Commonwealth Industrial Scientific and Research Organisation) responsible for overseeing the strategic direction and investment across Manufacturing, Agriculture and Food, Health and Biosecurity, Mineral Resources, Digital Productivity, Materials Science and Engineering, Process Science and Engineering, and CSIRO Services which includes Education and Outreach, Publishing, Futures, SME Engagement, and Infrastructure Testing. Prior to that role she was Chief of Process Science and Engineering and served as an Office of the Chief Executive Science Leader. She is a former Director of AeHRC, NCEDA, VCSCM, and MSA. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a fellow of ATSE, AAS, and RACI. Her research is in materials and process engineering, structure/property relationships, and novel materials characterization technique development.

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Dr. Janis Cocking Advisory board member View Profile →
Dr. Janis Cocking Advisory board member

Dr. Janis Cocking, PSM, FTSE has over forty years experience leading and undertaking science and technology, particularly in undersea technology, for which she is an acknowledged international expert.  Her career started with research into the behaviour of Ni-based materials at high temperatures.  In 2016 she led the creation of the framework and launch of the 10-year, $730million Next Generation Technologies Fund for Defence. She was awarded the Public Service Medal in the 2018 Australian Honours for her outstanding contributions to Defence S&T.  In 2019 the Australian Defence Science and Technology Group created the Janis Cocking Award for Excellence in Leadership in recognition of her impact on and for Defence.

Zoran Sterjovski Advisory board member View Profile →
Zoran Sterjovski Advisory board member

In 2006, Dr Zoran Sterjovski joined the Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) as a Defence Scientist in Materials and Welding in the Maritime Division to work on structural life validation for the Collins class submarines. From 2016 to 2019, Dr Sterjovski was the DSTG lead for Submarine Platform Integrity in the Future Submarine Program covering areas such as pressure hull boundary materials, structural collapse, underwater shock, fatigue and environmentally-assisted cracking, and corrosion management. Currently, Dr Sterjovski is the Head of Computational Materials and Structures (CoMS) in the Aerospace Materials Branch within Aerospace Division at DSTG. CoMS provides expert S&T advice and innovative solutions to Defence to ensure that its aerospace platforms are operationally effective, structurally safe and sustainable.

John Harvey Advisory board member View Profile →
John Harvey Advisory board member

Former team members

Yingluo Li Undergraduate student, the University of Sydney View Profile →
Yingluo Li Undergraduate student, the University of Sydney

Yingluo was working in our team during her 4th year study of Biomedical Engineering (Hons) majoring in Chemical Engineering. She was working on Atom Probe data analysis of Ti-6Al-4V in Prof. Simon Ringer’s research group.

Siyu Mao Undergraduate student, BE(Hons), the University of Sydney View Profile →
Siyu Mao Undergraduate student, BE(Hons), the University of Sydney

Siyu was part of 3D Additive during her time as honours student. Her research project was on using EBSD and TKD to look into the effects of cyclic thermal loading on the microstructural evolution of Ti-6Al-4V in 3D printing.

Chris Cooper Undergraduate Student, The University of Sydney View Profile →
Chris Cooper Undergraduate Student, The University of Sydney

Chris is currently studying mechatronic engineering at the University of Sydney. He was working as a research assistant on the project, focusing mainly on sample preparation for Ti-6Al-4V and Inconel 738 alloys, as well as EBSD analysis for the Ti-6Al-4V.

Phillip (Liam) Stephenson Undergraduate Honours Student, The University of New South Wales View Profile →
Phillip (Liam) Stephenson Undergraduate Honours Student, The University of New South Wales

Liam was part of the 3D Additive team under the supervision of Sophie Primig, while completing his fifth year of a dual degree in Materials Science and Chemical Engineering. His thesis aimed to investigate variant selection of alpha phase in additively manufactured Ti-6Al-4V through EBSD measurements and explain its characteristics by relating the microstructure back to the electron beam melting processing conditions.

Edward Whitelock Undergraduate Student, The University of New South Wales View Profile →
Edward Whitelock Undergraduate Student, The University of New South Wales

Edward was undertaking a Material Science and Engineering honours Bachelor degree at UNSW Sydney, working within Dr Primig’s group as a research assistant. During his time with 3D Additive he was investigating the capacities of electron beam melting as an in-situ controlled heat treatment to induce desired strengthening precipitates within the as-printed microstructure of a Ni-based superalloy.

Matthew Webb Undergraduate Honours Student, The University of Sydney View Profile →
Matthew Webb Undergraduate Honours Student, The University of Sydney

Matt was conducting his 4th year honours work with 3D Additive, looking into potential non-destructive testing methods to test and validate additive parts. This project combines quality control and certification, a major focus of his degree and exchange to the University of Southampton, with the emerging technology of Additive Manufacture.

Zheren (Mike) Zou Undergraduate Honours Student, The University of New South Wales View Profile →
Zheren (Mike) Zou Undergraduate Honours Student, The University of New South Wales

Mike joined us as honours student in the last year of his ‘Material Science and Engineering’ bachelor degree. His fascination in steel and the promising future of additive manufacturing is the reason why his honours project will focus on the microstructure characteristics of austenitic stainless steel processed by laser powder bed fusion.